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General Discussion / Bionic Builders
« on: September 25, 2012, 09:45:05 PM »
I watched a programme today called 'Bionic Builders'. Two fellas, an amputee and a inventor, create somewhat bizarre limbs for amputees. The programme I watched tonight they built an arm that could punch through a wall for a arm amputee karate instructor and they also built a motorized leg for a below knee amputee that would propel him underwater while diving.

It was good to see amps on the telly and it was interesting but I don't know if I would actually use the things they made! I'll have to think of a leg for them to make for me...

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General Discussion / What has everyone been up to?
« on: September 18, 2012, 07:40:54 AM »
The forum has gotten a bit quiet to say the least. I thought I might ask around to see what people are up to these days. Anyone going on holiday? Starting a new job?

Myself, things are quiet enough but keeping busy. I am working on a painting for an exhibition at the moment. I am in a guild (Illustrators Ireland) and each artist is coupled with someone in the creative industry (advertising, galleries etc) or the music industry, radio etc. The person we are paired with chooses one Beatles song for their artist to illustrate. The exhibition is in Dublin in October.

Besides that I was able to spend some time on Clare Island (in the west of Ireland, great spot)! Now I'm just waiting for/dreading winter  :(, and trying to fit a bit of writing in.

Hope all are well.

General Discussion / Touching Story
« on: September 18, 2012, 07:30:28 AM »
This seems to be making the rounds on the internet but I thought I might pass it along anyhow.

The link takes you to a series of photos, no text at all, that documents a young couples romance. There is obviously a twist to it and a heart warming feeling at the end.

the link is here:

General Discussion / Anyone get more phantom pain when they're sick?
« on: September 02, 2012, 06:15:43 PM »
I usually don;t get a great deal of phantom pain. I'm lucky like that. I had a bad dose of bronchitus for 2 weeks a week ago. I found that my phantom pain was far more frequent while I was still pretty sick. Anyone else experience this?

General Discussion / Chinese amputee builds his own prosthetic arms
« on: August 15, 2012, 06:08:42 AM »
A man who lost both hands when a homemade bomb exploded has finally created a new pair of arms after eight years of planning. 
Sun Jifa could not afford the hospital's prosthetic limbs after the explosive for blast fishing detonated prematurely, but desperately needed the use of his hands to work on the family farm.
That's when the 51-year-old from Guanmashan, Jilin province, northern China, decided to create his own bionic hands.

...Now he plans to develop the design for other similarly disabled people.
'I made this from scrap metal for virtually nothing. There is no need to pay hospitals a fortune,' he said.

The entire article is here

Interesting article. I actually like the look of them somewhat! His right arm seems to have a way to attach various tools. One picture there is a hammer attached, the other picture shows a saw there. Great ingenuity, but I think I'll stay with my limbfitter.

General Discussion / Anyone watching the Olympics?
« on: August 09, 2012, 07:10:40 AM »
I've watched a few events myself. Here in Ireland the is a great vibe around Katie Taylor. Shes a boxer from Bray here in Ireland. Everyone seems to have Katie fever! She fights for the gold today, I hope she gets it!

General Discussion / Paralympics
« on: July 16, 2012, 06:09:40 AM »
The Paralympics are starting a about a month and a half. How many are going to watch? I must admit that I will be drawn more to the events with amputees (go figure that).

For those out there from Ireland, or that have a interest in the Irish Team here are a few links for get the latest.

Or for their supporters clothing

General Discussion / Anniversary
« on: July 12, 2012, 07:48:55 AM »
Today at 2:15pm will be the 12 year anniversary of the accident. (Short version: My leg was crushed while mooring a ferry boat. I kept the leg for 2 weeks)

I can remember at my one year anniversary. I was in the pub with my (then) girlfriend and a few mates. A amputee friend of mine from Germany happened to be in the pub too and came over to ask what the occasion was as we were having a brilliant time. I told him. He looked at me weird and said 'And you celebrate?' He went on to say that on his anniversary he is in a foul mood and is in no mood to even be with people. I said that for me it was one year further away from that day I was hurt.

Tonight I might just head into Galway for a bit of music. Ceol agus Craic! (Irish for 'music and fun!')

General Discussion / Amputee Swimmer Braving The North Sea
« on: May 31, 2012, 07:55:44 AM »
Inspiring, but to be honest I am not a fan of cold waters. He can be hard to understand at times, he has a fairly thick accent. At the time he's a bit hard to decifer, I think he's talking about cutting the toes off his prosthetic when they got in the way.
Watching him put on my leg towards the end of the video I wonder how it stays on. I didn't see the pin system or a suspension sleeve!

Charity fundraiser John Ellison has swum in open water for over 30 years raising thousands of pounds for good causes.

The 66-year-old from Gateshead swims in Cullercoats Bay in North Shields six days a week throughout the year without wearing a wet suit - something he says keeps him feeling fit and alive.

His achievements are all the more remarkable due to the fact that he only has one foot which he lost in a fire 45 years ago.

Mr Ellison from Gateshead has so far raised a total of £12,000 for charities including the RNLI, Marie Curie and the Charlie Bear Cancer Appeal.

Video Link:

I work as a tv/film extra fairly regularly but only when its local. So even though I'll pass I thought I might pass it on.


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- with short length hair of every colour
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- all hair lengths with and without good beards
- with short blonde hair
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- sporty, strong & fit types
- any male amputees

We’re always interested in men:
- with special skills: archery, combat-skills, martial arts, military experience, rowers & sailors
- in smaller numbers we generally require: farmers, butchers, carpenters, iron workers, blacksmiths, weavers, medieval musicians

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General Discussion / Amp Stuff
« on: March 22, 2012, 08:22:16 AM »
I just heard of a new amp clothing site. Good to see a fellow amp getting on with things.

AMP STUFF Clothing was created by Craig Styles, a former soldier who lost his leg whilst serving in the British Army. Like many others, he is a role model for amputees in the UK who has shown that there certainly is life after amputation.

AMP STUFF Clothing was established in 2011, from personal experience, we can now offer a stylish and comfortable clothing line that is entirely unique.
Our clothes are more than just functional garments – at AMP Stuff we have created a brand that, we hope, will transcend all walks of life and be a brand that everyone can wear with pride. You don’t have to be an amputee to wear our clothes. We currently have a range of t-shirts, polos and hoodies all with our AMP Stuff logo – and watch out later in the year as we extend our range beyond clothes into items such as mugs, mouse mats etc.

General Discussion / Any plans for St Patricks Day?
« on: March 14, 2012, 03:46:21 PM »
St Patricks Day is saturday. Any mad plans to celebrate?

Myself, I haven't a clue. I've been battling bronchitis for a few weeks and may not be able to go out. So sad.
That, and it seems that its a grand excuse to get a bit mental for some. It can be disappointing as sometimes the hype for a big epic night out makes a good to average night out seem boring! Anyhow enjoy the holiday and have a pint of the black stuff (guinness). I figure I'll be having one!

General Discussion / One of those days
« on: February 08, 2012, 04:41:14 PM »
Today, I think the clutch went on my Defender (landrover) my main mode of transport. I have an 1972 BMW but it needs a mechanic, the horses are too wild to ride, my bike may have a puncture and the dog is too small to hold my weight.

Looks like I'm walking. On a good note I can kayak to the local shop which is fun (if it were summer that is).

To top it all off I just paid off my credit card. I feel that I may have to break it out again.

General Discussion / A angry leg
« on: January 15, 2012, 05:50:49 PM »
I've winged about my current leg loads of times. Heres another rant to blow off some steam...
Has anyone had a thin liner seem to create a fold in the skin (my problem area is in the back about 5'' below the knee) and make it seriously painful? It seemed to have made a blister but to be honest I can't really tell. The edge of the crease was white until it scabbed over (sorry for the mental picture)
It's right about where 'real' skin meets skin graphs. I'm wearing a large adhesive bandage on it now which does seem to help with the pain...
Any way to prevent this from happening again? It seems that the more I wear my leg the bigger chance of it happening.

General Discussion / Invictus
« on: October 21, 2011, 09:29:29 AM »
I watched the film 'Invictus' the other day. It is a film about the South African rugby team and Nelson Mandelas quest to help unite South Africa through rugby. A great film starring Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon. A link to a page describing the film.

The reason for the post here is the history behind 'Invictus'. Invictus is a poem by englishman William Ernest Henley and written in 1875.

Mandela was so inspired by this poem that he wrote it on a piece of scratch paper and kept it in his prison cell while he was incarcerated for 27 years. The movie Invictus (film) presented more information on Mandela's thoughts of Henley's poem, as the movie is based on his life. Mandela even admitted that he probably would not have made it through the long years in prison if it weren't for the words of this English poet.

The reason behind the poem.
At the age of 12, Henley fell victim to tuberculosis of the bone. A few years later, the disease progressed to his foot, and physicians announced that the only way to save his life was to amputate directly below the knee. It was amputated when he was 17. Stoicism inspired him to write this poem. Despite his disability, he survived with one foot intact and led an active life until his death at the age of 53.
Taken from

The poem itself:

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

A truly inspiring poem. Something to read when the leg is acting up or really anytime life seems to throw a 'curveball'. The fact that it was written by an amputee makes it even more poignant for me.

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